Immigration Legal Assistance Program

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The Ascentria Immigration Legal Assistance Program provides free and low-cost legal services to immigrants in New England. Our team of lawyers and legal professionals covers the spectrum of immigration legal assistance needs.

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Our Services:

Our humanitarian-based immigration legal services help individuals from a variety of backgrounds including:

  • Survivors of human trafficking
  • Survivors of violent crimes including domestic abuse
  • Survivors of persecution and torture
  • Minors and unaccompanied children who experienced abuse, abandonment, neglect or other trauma
We provide free and/or low-cost legal representation before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Immigration Courts to non-detained individuals applying for:
 
  • Relief from removal (deportation)
  • Asylum
  • T visas for human trafficking survivors
  • U visas for survivors of crime
  • VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) petitions for survivors of domestic violence
  • SIJ (Special Immigrant Juvenile) status petitions for abused, abandoned, and neglected children
  • DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
  • TPS (Temporary Protected Status)
  • Family-based petitions
  • Legal permanent residence petitions
  • U.S. citizenship
  • “Green Card” renewal or replacement
  • Employment authorization documents
  • Refugee travel documents
  • Consular processing
 

About Our Low-Fee Legal Services:

Many who fall into the gap between free and full cost representation are slightly over the federal poverty guidelines and would otherwise struggle to pay a private attorney. Our low-cost program offers services for 10-20 percent of the cost of a private attorney, putting representation within reach of many.

Immigrants with attorneys are 10x more likely to establish their right to remain in the US than those without representation.


We Offer:


Multi-lingual services

​Fingerprinting services

​Education on immigration law topics for community-based organizations and service providers

To request a presentation, contact us below


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ILAP client with DACA renewal

ILAP Receives Federal Grant to Help Fight Human Trafficking

The Immigration Legal Assistance Program recently received an additional grant to support survivors of human trafficking in Western and Central Massachusetts. This grant is made possible by the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act and Trafficking Victims Protection Act, which seeks prevent human trafficking, prosecute human trafficking cases, and support and protect human trafficking victims and survivors.

Our thanks to the legislators who supported these acts.

Meet Our Team:

Meet our dedicated team of over two dozen legal professionals working in representation, case management, and more.
Additional bios coming soon!
 


Jennifer Eby Kone

Director of Legal Services


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Yaquob Nakhtery

Program Manager - West Springfield



Astrid Paniagua

Supervising Attorney

Interested in Joining Our Team?

Join us on our mission to help individuals and families in transition move forward 
and thrive – physically, intellectually, socially, spiritually and economically. 

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Program Manager


The Immigration Legal Services Program Manager is responsible for grants management and reporting of deliverables, as well as managing the overall administrative functioning of the program.

You will work with the Director to spearhead the direction of the program, and ensure appropriate integration with other agency units to help clients succeed.

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Case Manager - Survivors of Human Trafficking


The Case Manager provides comprehensive case management services to minor and adult victims of human trafficking. You will develop and maintain relationships with human service agencies and community partners, provide case management services to clients, monitor client outcomes and ensures the quality, timeliness and documentation of those services and completion of required reports.

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Bilingual Staff Attorney - Unaccompanied Refugee Minors


The Staff Attorney provides legal services to young people who are, or have been, in federal custody under the Office of Refugee Resettlement. The position includes extensive contact with youth, including youth who have suffered abuse, abandonment, neglect, or other trauma.

It is required that applicants for this position be fluent in Spanish with the ability to provide bilingual services.

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OUR LOCATIONS


11 Shattuck Street,
Worcester, MA 01605 

Phone: 774.273.3045

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425 Union Street,
West Springfield, MA 01089 

Phone: 774.273.3045

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This project was (partially) supported by the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance through a Victims of Crime Act of 1984 (VOCA) grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.